Arixtra (Fondaparinux Sodium) is used for the treatment of serious blood clots. It happens in the legs or lungs. It is usually used with another ‘blood thinner’ medication called warfarin. This medication may also be used to prevent blood clots. It is after some surgeries with an increased risk of a blood clot such as;
- Hip fracture
- Knee or hip replacement
How does Arixtra (Fondaparinux Sodium) work?
Arixtra (Fondaparinux Sodium) works by blocking certain natural substances in the blood that cause clotting. Circulating blood clots are dangerous. Untreated blood clots may travel to the heart, lungs, or brain. It may cause serious or possibly fatal heart attack, breathing problems, or stroke.
Why use Arixtra (Fondaparinux Sodium)?
Arixtra (Fondaparinux Sodium) is known as a ‘blood thinner’. It is similar to heparin – used to lessen the clotting ability of the blood. It also prevents harmful blood clots from forming in blood vessels.
This medication belongs to the class of synthetic antithrombotics. It contains Fondaparinux Sodium as an active ingredient. It is a type of drug that belongs to the class of factor Xa inhibitors.
How to use Arixtra (Fondaparinux Sodium)?
This medication is given by injection under the skin of the abdomen or stomach. It is usually given once a day. The dosage is based on your condition and response. Remember to use it at the same time each day.
Do not use this medication more than it is prescribed. It is important to use it exactly as it is given to you. This medication may be given by injection into a vein by a doctor.
What are the side-effects of Arixtra (Fondaparinux Sodium)?
Common side effects:
- Insomnia or sleep problems
- Skin rash
- Swelling of the hands or feet
- Injection site reactions (rash, itching, pain, redness, or bruising)
Call for medical help if these side effects worsen or continue.
Warnings and Precautions
- While taking this drug, limit alcohol intake. It may increase the risk of stomach bleeding.
- Before taking this, tell your doctor about the medical history that you had. Tell also if you have any allergies or current medications.
- If you are a pregnant or breastfeeding women, consult your doctor first. Discuss the risks and benefits.
- You should not use this past the expiration date.
- Do not stop taking any prescription without consulting your doctor.
- Keep this far from the reach of children.